Home Bidding Thurrock
Home Bidding Thurrock, By ‘bid’ we mean to apply for a property
by making an ‘expression of interest.
new property every week.
We will help you if you’re legally homeless or likely to become homeless.
This will depend on:
- your eligibility
- your level of need
- whether your homelessness is your fault
The housing charity, Shelter has more information and advice – go to:
If you’re worried your home may be repossessed, go to GOV.UK: repossession for advice.
Help we can provide
We will work with you where possible to prevent you from becoming homeless, and to reduce the need for temporary or emergency housing.
Register for advice and support
If you are not already registered with us as needing homelessness support
and you are likely to become homeless within the next 56 days (8 weeks),
or you need help to avoid becoming homeless, you should register with us online using the Housing Jigsaw website.
You can register for advice and support from any local council that uses Housing Jigsaw.
When asked to select a service, choose the ‘Homelessness Module‘.
You should then complete and submit your registration,
giving as much detail as possible about why you need help.
Registering with Housing Jigsaw is different to applying for council housing.
If you cannot register online, you can contact our Homelessness team below.
Homelessness team: 01375 652 820
After registering, you will receive a phone or text message within 2 working days,
letting you know when one of our Housing team will contact you to talk about your situation and housing options.
We may offer you and appointment to meet and discuss your situation further.
If you are offered an appointment
If we offer you an appointment, you must bring one of the following types of identification with you:
- your valid passport
- Also your full birth certificate
- your valid immigration documents
What we will do
We will carry out an assessment to see whether you and your household:
- are eligible for help
- are homeless or threatened with homelessness within 56 days
- Also are homeless or threatened with homelessness through no fault of your own
- have a priority need
- have a local connection
If you are eligible, we will work with you to develop a personal housing plan.
This plan will set out the steps that we can take, together with you,
either to prevent you losing your home or to help you find another home.
We will work with you for:
- up to 8 weeks if you’re threatened with homelessness
- a further 8 weeks if you become homeless
If we are unable to prevent you becoming homeless or find you another home,
it’s likely you will be offered private rented accommodation or social housing
only if you have a high priority need and your homelessness was not your fault.
This is a legal agreement between you and us, the landlord.
It explains your rights and responsibilities, and our responsibilities.
Read it carefully as you could lose your home if you break the conditions.
If you are a new council tenant, you are an ‘introductory tenant’ for the first year of your tenancy.
If you were an introductory tenant in another of our, or housing association,
properties before your current tenancy started,
the time you spent there should count towards the 12 months.
The most common reasons that tenants are evicted during the first year are:
- annoying neighbours
- not paying the rent or paying it late on a regular basis
- subletting the property to someone else or having lodgers
If you lived there for more than a year, you should be given a secure tenancy straight away.
Securing your tenancy
You will normally become a secure tenant automatically after the first year if you meet your responsibilities and we don’t:
- start action to evict you during the 12-month period
- decide to extend your introductory tenancy
Secure tenants have more rights, such as being able to:
- stay for as long as they need
- make improvements
- buy the property
Finding somewhere to live
While our offices are closed,
if you need housing advice on homelessness, getting temporary accommodation, our housing register or renting in social housing,
you can email [email protected] or phone 01375 652 820.
By ‘bid’ we simply mean to apply for a property by making an ‘expression of interest’.
We advertise council and housing association properties online each week.
- the property area
- property type
- number of bedrooms
- who can bid
You can bid for the property of your choice.
Some applicants are given priority because they need to move urgently
bidding for certain properties may be restricted to them.
Home Bidding Thurrock, How to bid
You can read adverts and make an expression of interest for properties by logging in to our council housing services.
The Home Bidding Thurrock cycle
The bidding cycle starts on a Thursday morning and ends at midnight on the following Monday.
It makes no difference when in the cycle you place your bid as bids are ranked according to priority.
You can check your position in the queue and change your bids at any time before midnight on the Monday.
You can only bid for up to 2 properties each week.
Some weeks there will be no properties for you to bid on. This could be because:
- there are no properties with the right number of bedrooms for your application type
- your application is suspended as you have been shortlisted for another property
- your application has been cancelled as you no longer qualify
The chance of your bid succeeding
The chance of your bid succeeding depends on a number of factors.
You may have to wait many years for a bid to be successful. When you bid for a property:
- the system will tell you your current position in the queue of bidders for that property
- your position may change as other people bid for the same property after you
We publish tables showing:
- bids for properties that have been advertised
- how long the successful bidders had been on the waiting list
You can see details of all the bids you have placed and your final queue position
by logging in to our council housing services online and looking at your historic bids.